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- PHENOMENA OF
PNEUMATIC TIRE HYDROPLANING
NASA TN D-2056
by Walter B. Horne and Robert C. Dreher
Langley Research Center, Langley Station, Hampton, Va.
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION • WASHINGTON, D. C. • NOVEMBER 1963
This NASA Technical Note is widely regarded as the seminal work on pneumatic tyre hydroplaning. It establishes the importance of tyre inflation pressure, not only to avoid hydroplaning on a flooded runway, but also to make use of the phenomenon for water-assisted landings.
HYDROPLANING AND WATER-ASSISTED LANDING
by Peter H. Jackson, MA CEng MICE
This article analyses the technique of flying a stable approach to land with the main wheels of an aeroplane with conventional undercarriage hydroplaning on water. One of the aeroplane's degrees of freedom is thereby removed, so that it can move in only two dimensions. Spot landing at the water's edge is guaranteed, and at a ground speed which may be less than half of the normal touch-down speed. By halving the speed, the ground roll at constant deceleration, or the deceleration required for a given stopping distance are reduced by a factor of four.